Nick Harkaway, author of The Gone-Away World, and Tigerman, joins Amy to talk about his massive, thrilling new book, Gnomon. They discuss surveillance, finding stories everywhere, and mind-blowing real-life technology.
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Sam Graham-Felsen, former chief blogger for Obama, joins Amy to talk about his first novel, GREEN. Set in 1992 Boston, the book follows middle-schooler David as he grapples with racism and white privilege.
Brit Bennett, author of THE MOTHERS, joins Amy to talk about nuance in fiction, adapting for the screen, and the value of gossip.
George Saunders, famed short story writer, has won the Man Booker Prize for his first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. From The Man Booker Prize website: The 58-year-old New York resident, born in Texas, is the second American author to win the prize in its 49-year history. He was in contention for the prize with two British, one British-Pakistani and two American writers. Lola, Baroness Young, 2017 Chair of judges, comments: ‘The form and style of this utterly original novel, reveals a witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative. This tale of the haunting and haunted souls in the afterlife of Abraham Lincoln’s young son paradoxically creates a vivid and lively evocation of the characters that populate this other world. Lincoln in the Bardo is both rooted in, and plays with history, and explores the meaning and experience of empathy.’ Lincoln in the Bardo focuses on a single night in the life of Abraham Lincoln: an actual moment in 1862 when the body of his 11-year-old son was laid to rest in a Washington cemetery. Strangely and brilliantly, Saunders activates this graveyard with the spirits of its dead. The Independent described the novel as ‘completely beguiling’, praising Saunders for concocting a ‘narrative like no other: a magical, mystery tour of the bardo – the “intermediate” or transitional state between one’s death and one’s next birth, according to Tibetan Buddhism.’ Meanwhile, the Guardian wrote that, ‘the short story master’s first novel is a tale of great formal daring…[it] stands head and shoulders above most contemporary fiction, showing a writer who is expanding his universe outwards, and who clearly has many more pleasures to offer his readers.’ -Read the rest here. Browse below for Saunders’ rightfully beloved works:
Sophie Chen Keller joins Amy to talk about her first novel, THE LUSTER OF LOST THINGS. They cover NYC bakeries, beloved kids’ books, and going the extra mile to be kind.
Edan Lepucki joins Amy to talk performance art, class in California, and which books she reads over and over again. Learn more about her novel, WOMAN NO. 17.
Anne Corlett, author of the crossover sci-fi hit, THE SPACE BETWEEN THE STARS, joins Amy to talk physical and emotional distance, writing inspirations, and more.
Katherine Heiny joins Amy to talk about hyper-specific subcultures, infidelity as a recurring plot point, and having no conversational filter. Her book, STANDARD DEVIATION, is a hilarious novel about infidelity, parenting, and New York.
Joseph Finder chats with John about THE SWITCH, coffee, writing, Alfred Hitchcock and more.
Kei Miller chats with Amy about procrastination, finding his voice, etymology and much more. His lyrical novel, AUGUSTOWN follows one cataclysmic day in 1982 Jamaica.